Autumn Bay 15

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lirvilas
3rd Dec 2015, 10:00 AM

-->initiate
OPERATION RIP THAT MUSTACHE OFF ALEXANDER'S FACE
protocol:
burma-shave

ha

No, seriously, I love you Prof--anyone else would have run off crying to Kyo by now.

ALSO

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Stever
3rd Dec 2015, 10:10 AM

Looks like this chess board is starting to come into focus.

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lirvilas
3rd Dec 2015, 2:36 PM

The board's gonna get flipped before this is all over.

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anonymous coward
3rd Dec 2015, 3:45 PM

If you want to follow along at home in a safe manner, consider using a table sized for a combination of safety and portability. Behold, the portable flipping table, intended so one may flip a table whenever and wherever they feel the need!
http://thebancast.com/store

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ProfEtheric
3rd Dec 2015, 11:16 AM

Love with slaps and kicks, just the way I expect from you... :P

For once, I actually have some idea what's coming next...

I still don't know if I'm ready for Sunday's page... :S

EDIT: One day, I will return your "love"...

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lirvilas
3rd Dec 2015, 3:59 PM

Might want to start heating up the ground in the old churchyard... it's always a pain to try digging six feet down into frozen ground.

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Rd Ashes
3rd Dec 2015, 1:11 PM

The pawn and the queen, great imagery.

I wonder if that code is a hint as to what's coming on the next page!?
:-o

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lirvilas
3rd Dec 2015, 2:38 PM

Thanks!

The code is chess notation for pawn promotion--when a pawn survives all the way to the eight rank, it is instantly turned into the piece of the player's choice (with the obvious exception of a king).

Queens are the usual choice.

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MadJak91
3rd Dec 2015, 10:56 PM

Or knights (we translate them as horses).
Never ever underestimate the L-shape! Though by the time you are up there, it might be useless anyway and you should guard at least one knight because those bastards can strike at the worst/best possible moment.

No wonder there are strategies to prioritize knights because one down can change the game. Two down can mean a loss.

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anonymous coward
3rd Dec 2015, 4:09 PM

Elliot Maerc is trash talking during chess? Low class man, so very low class. Theoretically the game is supposed to be a smooth, intellectual exercise of experience, foresight and imagination since the play rules and flow are strictly procedural with no random seed (other than determining who starts as white and black) or other unevenness of game conditions. The moment you add trash talking to that you've injected the emotion of anger, which has notable negative effects on people's intellect: This directly impairs performance, and ruins the game's cultural expectation as a contest of intellect.
I'd still play him though: Once you've added trash talking you might as well put a bottle of peppercorn vodka on the table too, which would be a vast improvement in how fun it is to play in most cases.

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lirvilas
3rd Dec 2015, 7:49 PM

Bro, you need to get an actual sign in:

1) So I can brawl with you in private messages regarding spoilers/near spoilers.

but more importantly

2) So you can freaking subscribe and gimme that 40th subscription!

Also, it's pretty apparent that this isn't a straight up "contest of intellect" but something else.

And finally, peppercorn vodka sounds intriguing!

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anonymous coward
4th Dec 2015, 5:29 AM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_Coward
Can't do it man, problem is legal/insurance bullshit. Right now all ComicFury has on me is the IP addresses of some of my proxies, with no intentionally-created official account. If I change that suddenly this becomes a sanctioned, habitual activity I perform while at work, which changes liabilities. My insurance company is legally obligated to notice that and retroactively increase premiums if there's ever a problem, or even if they just find out it happened, and I'm not rich enough for that.
I appreciate this limits greatly the amount you can squeeze out of my mind to fuel your production furnace. Hopefully this quote, and whatever else you can get out of inspiring me to similarly respond, will help enough: Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.

Honestly, the cliché choice of what game to play while engaging in hostile negotiation is golf. I'm waiting to see Augustus play golf here, I'm curious how much he cares about how well he does, if he's any good at it, and what his sense of decorum is for that kind of negotiation with folks that piss him off less than Maerc.
The suggestion of peppercorn vodka is actually a racist suggestion: Russians like to claim chess as a Russian game, and vodka as a Russian drink. The peppercorns come in to make sure there's a little flavour and kick there to go along with the ethanol and water, but you could go with lemon vodka too. There's lots of things you can add to vodka to improve it, even arguably bacon flavour. Chant it with me now: Bacon vodka, bacon vodka, bacon vodka....

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MadJak91
3rd Dec 2015, 11:00 PM

I once read this research on white player advantage as they begin the game.
Yes, everything boils down to counters and skill and the defensive ability of the black player as the white is one step "ahead."
But apparently, statistically, if you take two similarly skilled people, the white DOES have an advantage.

Alas, someone has to open the game.
Maybe we can say the same thing about pretty much any game. Hm.
I think there is even a mathematical probability term for it but no idea.

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anonymous coward
4th Dec 2015, 5:30 AM

There are concepts for games that have simultaneous turn-based moves. Generally these have practical difficulties and require a joint-reveal step to prevent it from turning into de-facto alternating moves. After thinking about the topic for too long people tend to become either bored of the topic or deadly-boring themselves, I hope I escaped in time.

The solution for serious chess players is usually to play games in series with alternating first-move favour, once a player's ELO and/or tournament position has been established as high enough to rate the trouble. I never got that far because drilling a million games worth of understanding the decision-tree requires company that makes it enjoyable instead of tedious.

The wider topics here are game theory and combinatorial game theory, that's university level math/logic you can get PhDs in. I wouldn't pretend to be qualified to speak with authority on that. i think Terrence Tao is a pretty cool guy, eh solves hard problems and doesnt afraid of anything.

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Call Me Tom
3rd Dec 2015, 6:44 PM

Oh this is going to be good!

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lirvilas
3rd Dec 2015, 7:49 PM

Or very, very bad.

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